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Principal Thornley’s Weekly Message, Week 5 of National Emergency
Posted 4/19/20

Principal Thornley’s Weekly Message

Week 5, School Closure


Principal Thornley’s Letter to the Community

Principal Thornley’s Video Message


Good Morning Cabrillo Families,


Welcome back from Spring Break. Enjoy this last day before returning to the distance classroom in your household. As we enter our fifth week of school closure, we enter seeing the benefits of the statewide social distancing and stay-at-home orders with respect to slowing the rate of infection in California. For the first time since the pandemic began, the number of patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 in California hospitals declined. This is good news indeed. Our governor also shared that we had the two deadliest days since the outbreak. He said, “It’s a reminder, a very sobering reminder, particularly in relationship to the announcement made a few days ago about the conditions we’re looking for in a phased approach to begin to pull back on our stay-at-home order,” This too gives us pause. Yet as I look out the window to our now beautiful backyard - seems like everyone is gardening these days - at a rising sun set against a beautiful blue sky that calls on us to go outside...I remain resolved to stay within our backyard and enjoy the sun while I find yet another improvement, another weed, another misplaced gardening tool to occupy my time in the sun.


The Tri-City Health Center (normally seen on Wednesdays in the Cabrillo horseshoe) is reaching out to our community to ensure health is maintained during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to services listed on their flyer Tri-City Health Center, they are providing enrollment assistance. Call 510.770.8040 today


Food distribution at Cabrillo continues to be an effective means for us to serve breakfast and lunch to the students of Fremont USD as well as our community. We will be handing out food on Mondays and Wednesdays until the end of the school year. Food distribution will begin starting at 10:15 rather than 10:00. There will be no food distribution on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays. The entrees will be frozen so an adult will need to help heat the food.


Grading -  These are unprecedented times that require us to move away from our usual practices. Elementary schools in Fremont will not include overall subject grades or performance levels for standards for the third trimester report card. All trimester three standards and overall grades will be marked with a slash, indicating they will not formally be assessed. Our teachers will write summative comments for each student. The health and well-being of our community and our world is of the utmost importance. This temporary change in grading policy ensures protection for students and eases pressures on all stakeholders. This decision was made collaboratively in the best interest of our students. Critical factors in our decisions include:

  • Timing: elementary students only received five (5) days of instruction in a classroom setting for the third trimester.

  • Equity: elementary students may not have the necessary supplies, technology, or support to participate in distance learning at home.

  • Assessment: distance learning does not afford the same level of assessment opportunities that exist in a classroom setting.


Please continue to email photos, drawings, poems, etc about your student’s distance learning experience. Email your student’s distance learning experience to me at dthornley@fusdk12.net which I will include in our 2019-2020 yearbook.


Stay Safe Cabrillo and Stay Strong!




David Thornley

Principal, Cabrillo Elementary